Thursday, December 4, 2014

Blogmas Day 4: My Favorite Places to Eat in Chicago

If y'all follow me on Instagram then you already know I have a love for food. And Chicago is basically the mecca of food in the Midwest. One of the reasons I love living in Chicago is the food. Being in an area that takes food so seriously actually influenced me a lot in undergrad. I graduated with a B.A. in History with minors in Asian Studies and Art History and focused on food history/food culture/food in art. Food has even influenced me in law school. I am planning on getting my J.D. with a focus in Sustainability. My dream job would be working for Starbucks or the FDA.

I love food...obviously. And I especially love all the different, quality food that Chicago has to offer. My list of favorite places to eat defiantly showcases all the different cuisines you can find in Chicago.

1) Yolk

There is a Yolk actually attached to my's a problem. The line to get into this place on the weekends is INSANE! And for good reason, the food here is amazing! Yolk is a breakfast/brunch place that has several locations in downtown Chicago. My college roommates and I use to go here for breakfast for some chill roommate bonding. And now I go at least once a month. The food is both classic and unique. They have the classic French toast and omelet on their menu. But what makes them so great is that they have such a thing as Red Velvet Cake French Toast and My Big Fat Greek Omelet! The food is to die for and I really recommend it for anyone looking for a more adventurous breakfast/brunch experience.
Just thinking about their shrimp and grits makes me wish I was eating a huge bowl of it right now. BBQ is such a weird thing for me to love, especially since I hate BBQ sauce but this place just does it right. I probably would have never even tried the place if it wasn't for my fiancé. One of his best friends from undergrad is the head chef's daughter and when we first started dating he took me here. We have been back several times since. The food is just so damn good and a little taste of the South here in Chicago. I would recommend anything on the menu but for dessert (the most important part of a meal) I am IN LOVE with their espresso ice cream that is covered in homemade peanut brittle, sitting in a pool of chocolate infused with Bailey's. If I could eat this dessert every day for the rest of my life I is that good (there is a picture of it on their online dessert menu...look at it's beautiful chocolaty glory).

3) Carnivale

This place may be more on the pricy side but the food and experience is so worth it. The restaurant is located in an old warehouse in the West Loop that has been transformed into a colorful Latin escape. The food is so good. I went here several times in undergrad and fell in love with the decor and especially with the food. My fiancĂ©  declared that this is his favorite place to eat in Chicago after I took him here for his birthday last year. They have a traditional Latin American menu that has been elevated. They do a variety of ceviches and any of their entrees are amazing (I personally love their Senator's Chicken). For dessert their Carnivale Ice Cream Cake has a unique mix of flavors that melt in your mouth. Great place for an anniversary or birthday dinner.

4) Au Cheval

An hour wait time to get a table at this place is good. On average the wait can be anywhere from 2-3 hours! But the wait is worth it because this place has some of the best food in the city and hands down has the best burger I have EVER had in Chicago. Au Cheval is located in the West Loop on the strip of Halsted St. that is full of amazing restaurants (and bars that you can grab a drink at while you wait for your table at Au Cheval). Au Cheval itself is a small cozy, diner that serves a simple, amazing menu. However, almost everyone goes there for the burger, which is amazing! You have to order the burger with bacon (I have never seen bacon so thick) and a side of fries to split. You will leave there full and excited to return again to stuff your face with their juicy burger.

5) Eataly

There is an Eataly also located in New York but I had to put it in my Top 5. I'll admit it, Eataly is kind of a tourists trap that is located in the middle of the hustle and bustle of downtown. I don't mind tourists, as long as they don't stop in the middle of a busy sidewalk to snap a selfie and mess up my power walk gets cold here and I have places to Eataly devouring their Focaccia bread and enjoying an actual cappuccino. If you have ever traveled to Italy and miss it (I know I do) this is a place where your ache for Italy will be somewhat dulled. Eataly has a variety of restaurants located inside of it as well as an Italian market. I love walking around and exploring the place with a glass of wine (yes you can drink wine and shop). Any of the restaurants have great food, but if you want a quick, and cheap lunch I recommend getting a huge slice of Focaccia bread to go. They also do sandwiches, have a Nutella bar, and amazing gelato. This place is Italian food heaven.

If you have been to Chicago or live here where is your favorite place to eat?


  1. Great post! Everything looks delicious. I've just posted my Blogmas day 4, and it's food-based too! Or at least, drink based.
    Lovely blog, I've followed:)
    Alice x

  2. Yolk sounds right up my street! I want to visit Chicago and go there now aha!

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  3. i've been to chicago a few times but i've never heard of these, they look great!

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  4. I just ate dinner, and now i'm hungry. this food looks SO good!! I love you're doing blogmas!! I love watching vlogmas but never know there was a blogmas!!